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Easy Ways to Manage Stress

By Sara Butler

Stress. You can't live without it. In the time of your cave-dwelling ancestors, the stress response helped to keep them alive. Today, stress is more a nuisance than a lifesaver, so it's important to find ways to deal with the stress of everyday life in order to stay healthy. The good news is that stress management can be easy if you just have the right tools. Here are some tips to help you manage stress from the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.

Get Moving!

Exercise has a ton of benefits to your overall health and one happens to be stress management. The mental impact of the stress in your life can be worked through at the gym, helping your body to produce endorphins and improving your mood, helping you to feel stronger, more confident, and ready to face whatever life throws out at you.

Shoot for 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week to help you stay fit. You can do whatever kind of activity you enjoy as long as it gets your body moving!

Get Outside

Nature is one giant stress reliever. Going outside and enjoying the beauty and solitude of the world around you can help you put things in perspective about what's going on in your life. It's easy to do, too. All you need to do is go for a short walk, read a book under a tree during your lunch break, or simply go outside to feel the sunshine on your face for a few minutes and take a deep breath. You'll be glad you did.

Build a Community

Stress can be mitigated by the support you have through others. It may be family, it may be friends, or it may even simply be your softball team. Spending time with others who you care about or who have similar interests as you can help to lower your stress which, in turn, helps to lower the amount of the stress hormone cortisol in your body. Share experiences with other people and take advantage of their support during difficult times and feel the stress melt away.

Get a Hobby

Taking time for yourself is important, which is why finding time for a hobby is really important to your ability to manage your stress appropriately. Remember, you're never too old to learn something new. Sign up for that quilting class, take some guitar lessons, or volunteer at your local animal shelter. Find something that makes you happy and go for it.

Managing stress can be easy if you simply know where to start. Put a few of these suggestions into action and see what happens.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Denton, Tex.

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